Friday, April 1, 2011

Mr. Fantastic Did OK

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The assault on the National League by the Fantastic Four has begun. In the starring roles: Roy Halladay as Mr. Fantastic, Cliff Lee as The Human Torch, Roy Oswalt as The Thing and Cole Hamels as Invisible Girl (well, Invisible Guy).

First up was Mr. Fantastic, himself, Roy "Doc" Halladay who pitched 6 strong innings allowing 1 run in a no-decision against the Houston Astros. He left the game trailing 1-0 after the sixth inning. The bullpen would go on to implode in the 7th allowing 3 more runs. It seemed for the moment that Doc was going to begin the season on a losing note. The Phillies however scored 2 runs in the bottom of the inning to cut the Astros lead in half to 4-2. They then got strong relief pitching from Ryan Madson and Danys Baez who kept the game at 4-2 going into the bottom of the ninth. And then the Phillies did their thing. Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Howard led off with a pair of singles and in the blink of an eye the offense exploded for 3 runs off of closer Brandon Lyon (0-1, BLOWN SAVE) culminating with a winning walk-off single by John Mayberry.

Final score: Phillies 5 - Astros 4.

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I know it's only the first game but if you go ahead 4-0 on Halladay you better figure out a way to seal the win because these opportunities are not gonna come up too often. Welcome to Philly's world Brandon Lyon.

And it's not like things are going to get easier because next up, The Human Torch Cliff Lee. Oh, those blown saves!

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